March 28, 2023

Do not be afraid - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you all in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Auspicious word for today is taken from the book of Genesis 15:1, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, One day the Lord met Abram, and it was His regular practice to meet Abram which shows their intimate relation with each other. Abram had no children and so he used to get upset every now and then. God looked at Abram and said, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward, ”Why should God immediately look at him and tell him the above statement? “ Don’t be afraid.” This is because Abram had some kind of fear within him. So God, in order to encourage him said, I am your shield, which means, “I will protect you. I am like your shield that would protect you. I am your exceedingly great reward; I will be your strength. ”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Abram did not tell the Lord that he was afraid, or upset over something then why did the Lord speak these words. Abram did not even tell the Lord that he is feeling weak and therefore God should strengthen him. But probably Abram would have suffered in his mind that he never had a child and now Abram and Sarah were old, well advanced in age, and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. So deep in his heart he must have been worried that he had no generation after him. Therefore the Lord could have met Abram to encourage him, and strengthen his weak and feeble heart. I was personally thinking about this matter and God gave me a revelation as to why God spoke these words to Abram. “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”Yes God spoke these words to Abram because he had some kind of insecure feeling, since he did not have any children.

And both he and his wife Sarah had grown too old. He was afraid of his old age. Abram wondered who would take care of him in his old age and who would be after him to continue his generation. All these thoughts could have troubled him deeply. Therefore God visited him and told him these words. “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” God assured him that till the end of his age God would remain with him and protect him from all danger and harm.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Abraham was not very convinced about what God told him. In the next verse Abram asks God, “Lord God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless. And he also suggested if his servant Eliezer could be the heir of his house. So he tells the Lord “It is good you have come to visit me. And I know that you will bless me. But if you want to give me something then give me a child. God said, to Abram, , “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir. Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Saying this Lord went up from Abram. And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. God gave him a surprise visit and went away. And fulfilled his promise when Abram was 100 years of age. And a son was born to him and he called his name Isaac.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, today many of you like Abraham are suffering from insecure feeling. You might not have a job, so you will have insecure feeling. You have lost your wife so you are suffering from insecure feeling. God in order to pacify you to support, or to encourage you has come down to strengthen you from all your fears. He says the same words he told to Abram, “Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”I will be with you till the end of your age and be a shield and support to you and will protect you from all harm. God will be a right hand to you and strengthen you. Let all those who suffer from insecure feeling be strengthened by the Word of the Lord and believe that He will be there with you till the end of your life. If you have fear of your future then ask the Lord just like Abram, Lord what will you give me? If you desire, Lord give me a job, give me a child, give me a life partner, Give me a house of my own. I am still unsettled. Settle me soon with the right partner. God who blessed Abram will bless you also.

Lord we thank You. Lord I bless all the children who are reading this message in the name of Jesus. Lord we thank you for this good word of promise that your children could believe in you and not have any insecure feeling. Thank you Lord for the encouraging word which will produce miracles in their life. In whatever areas your children are having an insecure feeling may they come out of all fear and live a happy and prosperous life. May God do a miracle for them in that particular area, and help them to live a happy and content life. For those who are filled with fear and doubt I pray that you will be a shield to them and also an exceedingly great reward.
In Jesus Name we pray.

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